Druce, Rep. Botl Soc. Exch. Club Br. Isl. 1916:627 ( 1917).
Synonymy: Pteropogon demissus A. Gray, Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 4:269 (1852); H. exiguum F. Muell., J. Trans. Vict. Inst. 1:39 (1855).
Common name: Dwarf sunray.
Annual herb forming dense moss-like clumps to 2.5 cm high; stems erect or ascending, densely branched, brownish, subglabrous; leaves opposite to alternate, acute, mucronate, 2-5 mm long, c. 0.6 mm wide, subterete, channelled above, dark-green, glabrous or with scattered lax hairs.
Capitula solitary on each ultimate branch, sessile among leaves; involucre campanulate to cylindrical, c. 3 mm long, c. 3-seriate, glabrous; bracts all elliptic to oblong, subequal, with a pale greenish midrib and broad straw-coloured scarious margins; receptacle flat, minute; florets 17-30, 4-merous.
Achenes compressed-ovoid, 0.8-1 mm long, glabrous, roughened, brown; pappus bristles 9-12, connate at the base, c. 1.5 mm long, evenly plumose, deciduous.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 693.
In various communities, often on shallow or stony soils.
W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: mainly Aug. — Oct.
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